Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish the unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story of Willie Nelson’s life. World rights for the book were acquired by executive editor John Parsley in a deal by David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Publication is currently slated for summer 2015.
A beloved American icon, Willie Nelson and his music are embedded in the hearts and minds of
fans the world over, winning ten Grammys, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,
and receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. Nelson’s life story is rich and ripe for the telling.
Having recently turned eighty, Nelson is ready to open up about all aspects of his life. He starts
at the beginning, revealing a tough little kid abandoned by his parents, and moves through his
failures at various jobs, his early days as the self-starting proprietor of Willie Nelson Presents,
his struggles in 1960s Nashville, and then on to the profound success he has had as one of
America’s all-time most beloved singer-songwriters. And, in between, he shares stories he hasn’t
told involving a fascinating cast of characters, including Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Johnny
Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and many more. Though Willie Nelson has published
several books, none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.
“Willie Nelson is an extraordinary musician and man, and it is a deep thrill to announce Little,
Brown’s publication of his definitive autobiography,” said John Parsley. “One of the most
eagerly anticipated books by any performer alive, Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and
bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon.”
And Reagan Arthur says, “The songs, the voice, the life: this will be the book that captures and
defines a music legend.”